An icon of Kokura, boasting dignified beauty
This castle was built by the Warring-States-period warlord Hosokawa Tadaoki in 1602. It features an exterior structure called karazukuri, whereby the fifth floor of the donjon is larger than the fourth floor, and was the only example of a castle in this style when it was built. The castle, however, was completely destroyed by fire in 1866, and the current donjon was rebuilt in 1959. The castle, entirely renovated in 1990, houses the history zone, which exhibits a diorama reproduction of the castle town, the visual experience zone, and the observatory zone, which offers a panoramic view of downtown Kokura.
|Address||2-1 Jonai, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu City|
|Access||Approx. 10 min. on foot from JR Nishikokura Station|
|Hours||April to October - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; November to March - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m (entry allowed 30 minutes before the closing time)
|Admission||Adults - 350 yen; senior and junior high school students - 200 yen; elementary school students - 100 yen (20% discount for groups of 30 persons or more)|